DHB hunts new CEO

Last updated 05:00 15/03/2014

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The Waikato District Health Board has started a global search for a new chief executive to replace Craig Climo, with advertisements running around the world from today.

Board chairman Bob Simcock said Waikato needed an "outstanding leader" to replace Mr Climo who leaves in the middle of this year, and was calling on staff to do their bit to help the search.

"What we do know is that many of our existing staff have wide networks in New Zealand and overseas health sectors who may know people qualified to do this job. They may know of ex-pats looking to return home or someone from overseas with the skills we want to join a DHB among the top 10 state sector organisations in the country and in what is one of the biggest jobs in New Zealand health.

"Then again it may be somebody in our own backyard who has what we're looking for," Mr Simcock said.

Meanwhile, Mr Simcock has called on the Ministry of Health to carry out a review of core health board services.

This would assist the board in its chief executive search and to get "an informed snapshot" of where the organisation was at "through fresh but expert eyes".

"The review will be carried out over the next few weeks by an experienced multi-disciplinary team of health and consumer professionals."

The team comprises Ministry of Health disability general manager Toni Atkinson; Counties Manukau District Health Board orthopaedic surgeon Richard Street; Waitemata nurse Jocelyn Peach; management consultant and former rheumatologist Mike Corkill; and former Consumer NZ chief executive David Russell.

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- Waikato Times

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